Make Video An Integral Part Of Your 2018 Marketing

Make Video An Integral Part Of Your 2018 Marketing

As many of you know, I love brainstorming with my team to distill ideas and tips that not only can be useful in working on behalf of our clients, but also to share with you in the PR Insider. This week my creative team and I were in the middle of just such a session when Jay York, our senior social media strategist, intrigued me with his thoughts about current trends in video marketing. Let’s face it. With today’s technology, combined with the vast reach of social media, it’s easier than ever to create your own video segments that can become an integral part of your overall marketing strategy. You don’t even need a studio worthy of “Good Morning, America” or special effects that would make you the envy of George Lucas. In fact, the less formal the production is the better. And once you arrive at your finished product, you can put your video on Youtube, share it on other social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and post a link to it from your website. Frankly, you can get a lot of marketing mileage out of just one video – but you shouldn’t stop there because there are so many approaches you can take. You might create a series of short messages filled with insights into your area of expertise. You might want to show your company culture with glimpses of team-building outings for example. It can show you’re a fun company to work with, or that you’re philosophically aligned and share commonalities with potential clients. These can be deciding factors when choosing a company to...
How We Ended Up In The New York Times – And You Can, Too

How We Ended Up In The New York Times – And You Can, Too

When our team returned to work this week after taking a brief break for Thanksgiving, we learned we had something to celebrate. No post-holiday blahs for us! Instead, it was high fives all around! The exciting news that greeted us was that Jay York, our senior social media and marketing strategist, had been quoted extensively in a New York Times article headlined “Brands Heed Social Media. They’re Advised Not to Forget Word of Mouth.” Every day we work to get our clients just this sort of placement, but on occasion, when the moment is right, we practice what we preach and do the same for ourselves. And, as it turns out, there are lessons for you in how this opportunity came about for Jay and EMSI. To begin with, the New York Times reporter did not seek out Jay. Instead, she wanted to talk with one of our clients, who happened to have the expertise her article needed. This particular client had served as a source for the reporter before and she obviously liked working with him, so it didn’t surprise us when she asked to interview him once again. But we encountered one not-so-slight problem. When the client heard about the topic, he felt he didn’t have any creative thoughts to offer the reporter. So he declined the interview. For one brief terrifying moment, it looked like we would need to tell the New York Times reporter we had nothing for her! Then one of our print campaign managers, Miguel Casellas-Gil, had a marvelous idea! Since the topic related to social media and marketing, he asked Jay if...
How Social Media Defines Your Marketing Audience With Precision

How Social Media Defines Your Marketing Audience With Precision

When it comes to marketing your brand, the most critical factor is to know who your target audience is and then find the best way to reach out to them. As you look to 2018, and make plans to promote your product or services in the coming year, one thing to consider is just how effective social media can be in helping you accomplish that. In fact, it’s the most effective means available when it comes to drilling down to a specific audience that would be the perfect match for what you have to offer. That’s not to say that other media venues are ineffective. TV, radio and print each have their advantages and all are effective in their own ways. But when it comes to sorting through a vast audience to find the small sliver who are the best match for your products or services, social media is in a category all its own. Social platforms provide tools that allow you to target precise audience segments so you know you are reaching the exact potential customers or clients you want to reach. For example, let’s say you’re a financial professional and you’ve decided women are a new target audience you want to reach out to. Where do you start? Well, we know that half the U.S. population is female, but that doesn’t exactly narrow things down for you very much, does it? After all, a 20-year-old college student on the other side of the country isn’t likely what the typical financial advisor has in mind as a potential client. Enter social media. Those social media tools can help...
Why People Share On Social Media And Why That Matters To Brands

Why People Share On Social Media And Why That Matters To Brands

Every day people start their day by checking in on social media – and before too long the sharing of memes, posts, videos and cat pictures starts in earnest on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other platforms. What’s driving all that sharing? Lots of things, probably, but to boil it down to its essence, people share on social media because they come across something that appeals to them and they think it will appeal to like-minded people. They share because they like the feedback they get from sharing. And they share just because it’s fun. So what does that mean to you and why does it matter to your brand? After all, you’re looking for results! It all boils down to understanding how and why social media users behave the way they do. This information is valuable because if you understand the needs of your social media audience it will help you make decisions that influence those users to act in a way that benefits you or your brand. Let me share (there’s that word!) just a few key points about sharing on social media: They’re building their personal brand. Each time a user shares something on social media they are taking one more step in strengthening their personal brand. Yes, you may be surprised to hear that individuals have their own brands, but it’s true. Think about it, you may have some friends that focus on sharing pictures and updates about their fishing and boating hobby while others may focus on sharing humorous headlines, jokes, etc. While the former is presenting themselves as a fishing enthusiast, the latter is...
The Unseen Impact Of Social Media Marketing

The Unseen Impact Of Social Media Marketing

Fairly often when I talk about social media and its role in a PR and marketing effort, people ask me this question: If I invest my money in social media marketing, how many leads will I generate or products will I sell? Whenever I get this question, it hits home that there’s a fundamental misunderstanding about what social media marketing is – or is not. As I try to explain, what social media does most effectively is create brand recognition and keep your name in front of the people you’re trying to reach. And, of course, through that process it should definitely have an impact on your sales. But it can also be an unseen impact, not just direct-response sales or leads. So, what do I mean by an unseen impact? I was just discussing this with Jay York, our senior social media strategist, and he had a great way of explaining it. Years ago, the popular TV show “Seinfeld” was often referred to as a “water cooler show” because the morning after a new episode aired people would chat about it with their co-workers. So, even those people who never watched an episode of “Seinfeld” learned about the Soup Nazi, puffy shirts and an eccentric holiday known as Festivus. They became part of our culture at that time … and still are! The same water-cooler-type moments hold true with social media. When people see something on social media that strikes their fancy, they’re likely to mention it in real life to friends or associates. It could be a restaurant, or a book, or a new store that opened...
4 Reasons Why Live Video Should Be Your Latest Publicity Tool

4 Reasons Why Live Video Should Be Your Latest Publicity Tool

Anyone who tunes in to television news is familiar with those moments when the anchor announces dramatically that “we are now going live” to a reporter who’s on the scene of whatever extraordinary event has grabbed the attention of the news crews. But in all your years of watching such broadcasts did you ever imagine that one day you might have the ability to “go live” with your publicity efforts? Well, that day has arrived (which could mean that flying cars and robot maids aren’t far behind). Just recently I was talking with our social media team about the popularity and benefits of Facebook Live, a social media format that allows people to speak directly to an audience in a visually interesting and content-rich format. Anyone with a smartphone can literally “go live” on Facebook to express views on a new theme park ride, demonstrate how to prepare a gourmet meal, teach guitar lessons or talk about whatever topic moves them on that particular day. And it’s free! But the even more exciting thing to me is how this can be used by anyone who wants to promote their brand. For example, a financial professional who writes a blog on retirement issues could in addition share the same information with clients and potential clients through the live video. So just why would you want to make this one more part of a well-rounded publicity campaign? I mean, after all, you’ve got that blog that’s serving you well, right? And you already post on Facebook. Here’s one reason. As wonderful as the written word can be, video has a significant...